What causes viral gastroenteritis?

Virus. It is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces, foods, living things, etc. That are carrying the virus. The best prevention is frequent hand washing and proper food preparation.

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What is viral gastroenteritis?

Hukes and spews. Viral gastroenteritis means a bowel infection caused by a virus leading to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is treated symptomatically, but other sources need to be ruled out, especially if there is pain or bleeding from above or below. Read more...

How is viral gastroenteritis treated?

Usually with time... Most cases of viral gastroenteritis are mild, self-limited, and not life threatening. These resolve on their own with supportive care (drink fluids to prevent dehydration, eat moderately as tolerated, as needed analgesia). In special cases (newborns, elderly, debilitated) hospitalization may be required to provide IV fluids and to support co-morbid medical conditions. Read more...

How is viral gastroenteritis diagnosed?

Clinically. It's frequently a diagnosis of exclusion as it's generally a self limited illness - lasting less than 24 hours or so. Read more...

Is viral gastroenteritis a serious illness?

No. Generally not in otherwise healthy individuals but in infants and the elderly it can be serious if they cannot maintain adequate hydration-so the key is to drink appropriate liquids which replace electrolytes which jave been lost. Read more...
Usually not. Most will resolve in a few days on their own. They can be serious in young infants, elderly and immune compromised individuals. Read more...